Budget's been busted

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@Soon2BeMrsS:  My budet is looking like $12.5k for 120 people, but I have to give up on a lot of things I’d like. I have to go simple chairs (chair covers are only $120 cheaper for example). 

If you want to cut back, maybe try with your floral budget?

Post # 5
1625 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Soon2BeMrsS:  If it’s only been busted by about 1k, I think you are doing great! Especially once you get those deposits back! Our budget will be about 15k, and I already have anxiety about how we are going to make that work.. I wish we could have the exact wedding we wanted for under 10k, that would be amazing!

Photography is DEFINITELY something you don’t want to cut back on. It will pay for itself with the many years of quality photo memories!

Post # 7
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Soon2BeMrsS:  Hi, fellow Washingtonian! We had a higher than normal “no” rsvp count so that saved us. Ended up with 86 guests instead of the 110 we’d been thinking. (136 invited I think.) So there is still “hope”. 😉

Post # 8
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think you are doing too bad at all.

Our budget is right around yours, also including EVERYTHING [ceremony & reception, all bridal party attire, pre-wedding events, honeymoon, rings..]

We are about 4,000 in and I have a really good feel we’ll come underbudget .

But, I’m doing ALOT myself. I haven’t paid full price for anything yet, and I spend hours researching the best prices on everything. I’m doing a bunch of DIY projects [including save the dates & invites]. And, in order to get a gorgeous ceremony venue, we had to take a not so gorgeous reception space

We really just made a list of the things we cared about the most, and spurged on those.. while taking cheaper options for other things we don’t care a whole lot about.

Splurges –

Hanging Chandaliers [didn’t really need them but I WANTED them]

Guest books [we have 3… each one differant]



Candy Buffet

Cigar Bar

Photo Booth

Photography [not spending a ton, but spending more than i’d like]

Dj [same as above]

Saved On –

Wedding Dress

Reception & Ceremony venue [got a REALLY good deal on these]

Flowers [getting from sams club]

DIYing 2 of our buffet stations [soup & salad]

All linens/decorations have been purchased wholesale or at super low rates.

Invites, menu cards, save the dates, programs.

Bride/bridesmaids jewelry & shoes


And still working on it..


Post # 9
1327 posts
Bumble bee

@Soon2BeMrsS:  I also think you’ve done a great job if you’re over just by $1K! If you’ve taken care of everything at this point and there’s nothing more to worry about/pay for, I say give yourself a big pat on the back and enjoy the big day now! 🙂

Post # 11
4042 posts
Honey bee

@Soon2BeMrsS:  We had 85 guests and our original budget (before looking at actual costs) was $5k. We spent around $10k. The average for our area is $22k and many of our friends spent around that. We lucked out though because we got married at a school (it doesn’t look like one though) and saved a lot of money by bringing in our own caterer and alcohol(saved about $4k). My grandpa also owned the DJ company, so that saved us around $1k. We also got great deals on my dress, our cake and on the lighting. If we had paid full price for our wedding, it would have cost around $18k. Weddings add up fast! 

As long as you can afford it and you value your purchases, then don’t worry too much. 

Post # 12
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Soon2BeMrsS:  Thats an awesome program for the photobooth! Maybe I’ll give it a try and see if I can save a little money there. That would be fab.

And thanks for the candy link!

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